Please can anyone enlighten me as to why we are accepting as parents and carers for the LEA to state that we they only need offer an "adequate" education rather than a "best" education for our children.
I am really angry about this and think the Government need to be lobbied very hard to get this changed. It is basically treating disabled children as second class citizens.
Why is this issue not being tackled head on as a matter of priority?
I don't know why adequate has just been accepted clearly children with SEN need far more.
We have been told by my sons headmaster that we should not expect Rolls Royce education, but he expects Rolls Royce salary, work conditions, and pension at 55.
Our children need a powerful trade union similar to NUT, lol.
Thank you for your post. This is an issue that Mencap have been lobbying hard on, and forms part of our manifesto - http://www.mencap.org.uk/page.asp?id=2017
The Lamb Inquiry is seeking parents views of the SEN system and families have until the end of June to offer their comments. You can do this by going to http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/lambinquiry/
We will continue to campaign for the best education for all children. Every child with a learning disability has a right to a high-quality education that meets their special educational needs.
I hate the word "adequate" in relation to my daughters education. Having recently been refused funding by the LSC for a residential place at a Mencap National collegewe went to a discussion forum as a prelude to appealing. At the meeting the LSC chairman read out the Governments criteria for funding college places. It stated that where "adequate provision could be provided locally...". We are not looking for adequate and objected to the use of the word when discussing my daughters wishes for her future.
How dare they. Who looks for adequate for their child? I'm sure those in government don't!
We managed to fight our corner and change their mind on funding, but why did we have to in the first place?